Re: What counts as Antibodies?
Did you only have TPOAb run? There is also TGAb. Being positive in either classifies you as having Hashimoto's thyroiditis.
I am a strong advocate of routine testing of at risk thyroid sufferers for TPOAb, TGAb, TSI, and TRAb in my family. I test mine once a year now to make sure my levels are not getting Froggy again.
With my children, I test for them yearly along with a TSH, ft3 and ft4. Why? My genes. It is all my fault.. No my mom's.. No my grandma's... My four aunts... Well whoever started the dysfunction it seems to be here to stay. Given I have two kids to saddle with my genetics and my son has 20% chance of developing it and my daughter a 60% chance so I watch and log and file away their normal levels and trends and when/if hashi's or graves decides to visit them we will be ready.
You have antibodies maybe not 10,000 of the little buggers which can pretty much kill off your thyroid in a 1-2 year period, but you do have them present and I guarantee they are not sitting idle. Nope those antibodies are attacking your thyroid. It is what they do.
Good luck getting answers and treatment.
If we learn by our mistakes, I am working on one hell of an education.